For years, I’ve been troubled with dry skin conditions. It worsens every time I go on a vacation due to weather conditions, dry air and prolonged exposure to the sun. Chapped lips, cracked hands and flaking skins are the usual problems that I faced.
I’m glad to have attended “The Essentials of Skincare” seminar sponsored by Physiogel last weekend. I took away valuable knowledge on common skin issues such as dry and sensitive skin, dandruff prevention, sun care protection and children’s eczema. And I’m going to share some of them in this post.
Managing Dry and Sensitive Skin
The first speaker of this seminar is Senior Consultant Dermatologist Prof. Goh Chee Leok. He gave a very interesting presentation on how to manage our dry and sensitive skins, as well as choosing the right skincare products to repair and moisturize our dry skin.
The five main factors that contribute to dry skin are environment, poor nutrition, genetic factors, age and bathing. Why bathing, you may ask? Healthy bathing habits can improve dry skin, but more frequent bathing can dehydrate our skin.
It sounds funny but true when Prof. Goh mentioned about how we, Singaporeans, are obsessed with bathing. I bath up to 3 times a day because I can’t stand sweat and stickiness. And now I realized that this is the main reason on why I have dry skin.
The most important point to note here is that good skincare begins with good cleansing using the right cleanser, and not to STOP bathing. We should use mild cleanser, the less soap the better it is, and contains moisturizing ingredients to replenish those lost during cleansing.
I tried the PHYSIOGEL™ Cleanser, and I love how gentle and soap-free it is. My skin feels so soft after every shower. It’s low-foam and non-greasy formula cleanses thoroughly with or without water, while maintaining our skin’s natural moisture balance. It can be used on both face and body, and it’s so mild that it can be used on babies!
Managing Dandruff and Care for Itchy Scalp
The second speaker is the gorgeous Dr. Lynn Teo from The Dermatology Practice. She debunked some myths pertaining to dandruff, i.e. dandruff is caused by a dry scalp, dandruff means you should wash your hair less often and oils are good for the scalp.
It’s interesting because I’ve always thought that dandruff is caused by a dry scalp! Now, I realized that dandruff differs from a dry scalp because dandruff usually gets better when we shampoo more frequently using the right shampoos.
To care for an itchy and flaky scalp, Dr. Lynn Teo also shared some useful tips that include daily or frequent washing, avoid styling products, decrease stress and seek medical help if the condition does not improve.
If you have sensitive scalp, you may want to try the PHYSIOGEL™ Shampoo Plus. It is a mild shampoo for cleansing of sensitive scalp, while keeping it moisturised. It also contains Pro-vitamin B5 (panthenol) and other hair conditioners, that provides the hair with a natural gloss and volume as well as stimulates skin cell regeneration for healing of the skin and scalp.
Top Tips for Proper Skincare
In conjunction with this seminar, Dr. Joyce Lim, Dermatologist at Joyce Lim Skin and Laser Clinic, also shared some top tips on proper skincare.
Develop a regular schedule. Cleanse and moisturise your skin daily.
Choose the right cleanser. Use a gentle, soap-free cleaner with neutral pH. If you have sensitive skin, choose cleansers that leave a moisturising film behind after washing.
Use the right moisturizer that is non-comedogenic (meaning: they contain ingredients that should not clog your pores or cause more skin problems), contains lipid that repair the skin and provides longer lasting hydration.
Always apply moisturizer right after shower to seal in the moisture. Towel dry skin but leave your skin moist for better absorption.
Learn about common ingredients that go into our skincare products. Some ingredients like alcohol and fragrance can irritate sensitive skin, while ingredients like glycerin help to hold water in the skin.
Always remove all make-up before going to bed. Make-up left overnight will clog pores and dehydrate our skin.
Lastly, sleep well, eat well and drink lots of water!
PHYSIOGEL™ has a range of products suitable for all skin types, including dry and sensitive skin.
Shower Cream with DMS – gentle and moisturizing shower cream for dry and sensitive skin.
Cleanser – mild and soap-free for use on the face and body.
Lotion – hypoallergenic, moisturizing lotion for the daily care of dry and sensitive skin.
Cream – moisturizing cream for use on hands and face.
AI Cream – regenerates skin protective barriers and helps relive redness in dry, sensitive skins.
SpectraBAN Sunscreen PA++ SPF30 – sunscreen for sensitive skin (by Stiefel)
After reading my long post, I hope that you’ve gained some skincare tips too. Now, I like to share the goodness of PHYSIOGEL™ Cleanser with you. I have three bottles of PHYSIOGEL™ Cleanser 150ml worth $18.90 to giveaway to 3 readers.
All you have to do is to leave a comment here. Remember – this cleanser is so mild that it can be used for all skin types and even on babies! Get one and try it out yourself!
If there are more than 3 participants, a random draw will be conducted via a random number generator. Contest closing on 7 May 2013 11:59pm. Winners will be announced on Our Little Smarties Facebook Page.
For more information on PHYSIOGEL™ products, please visit http://www.physiogelrepair.com/index.html.
Update on 11 May 2013:
Congratulations to Carol Lim Mei Mei, Chuyan Kwek and Jennie! You won a PHYSIOGEL™ Cleanser 150ml worth $18.90. A big THANK YOU to everyone for taking part in this giveaway contest.